I have some follow-up questions in regard to an issue where I was helped during installation of manjaro and having an “invalid partition table.” In part of the troubleshooting process we manually created a new partition table and partioned my drive. I have some questions about the process we went through in order to make sure I understand what we did and how I should best operate things in the future. (Original topic)
Basically I was advised to create to a new table and 4 partitions, like this:
sda1 - primary partition - ext4, 60GB sda2 - primary partition - linux-swap, 8GB sda3 - primary partition - ext4, 60GB sda4 - primary partition - ext4, 173GB
And I have installed manjaro and the bootloader on sda1. I have sda3 for what will become a second operating system. And sda4 for storage.
After having 20 tabs open trying to understand these things, since I was advised how to organize my partions here, I figured it may be appropriate to also ask the question here as well. I am aware the answers are “out there” on google, and trust me, I am using google and wikis as much as I can to learn as well. TL:DR My questions:
With my new 4 partition setup, if I install a second operating
system in /dev/sda3, which boot loader option do I choose during
Do I simply choose for the new installation to install the
bootloader as the master boot loader on /dev/sda and does it simply
overwrite the old one?
What happens if I use the /system option to install the bootloader, or do I choose the “do not install a bootloader option?”
What then follows if /system or "do not install a bootloader"
option are chosen? Do i need to modify the current grub on /dev/sda ,
or does it automatically detect the other operating systems and update
When reinstalling a new operating system over the top of an operating system that was previously already installed on sda3, is it recommended to first use gparted to delete / reformat sda3? Or is that unnecessary, and I simply need to run an operating system installer and install over the top of the operating system that currently resides in sda3? And again, what do I do about the grub in this situation?
My end goal is to use sda1 as my daily driver, sda2 as my linux swap, sda3 as my experimental operating system, and sda4 as extra storage. Thank you!